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Rockford Christian High School Boys Varsity Track finishes 1st place

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Friday, May 20, 2016

4:00 PM





Meet Recap

Oregon, Illinois — The Royal Lions track and field team had their best all around team performance in program history at the IHSA 1A Sectional hosted by Oregon High School on Friday, May 20. The squad scored 101 points – winning 3 events and advancing 9 entries to the state finals. This was the first sectional title in the seventeen year history of the program.

Co-captain Brady Irwin (Sr.) and Quinn Halversen (Jr.) became the first state qualifiers of the meet clearing 6′ 4″ and 6′ 2″ in the high jump. Both Irwin and Halversen have previous state meet experience, but this will be the first time the two compete together in the state finals. Irwin also finished fifth in the triple jump with an outdoor season best of 41′ 1″.

The 4x800m relay unit of co-captain Brian Smith (Sr.), co-captain Nick Monkemeyer (Sr.), Josiah Vogel (So.) and Riley Wells (Fr.) broke the sectional record and posted the fastest qualifying mark in the state running 8:04.98. Amazingly, this is the fourth time that Smith has qualified for state in the 4x800m – a program record.

The third and final sectional champion was Wells doubling back in the 1600m. Wells and Monkemeyer made the tactical decision to “lay in the weeds” running 2:21 for the first 800m split. Wells ripped a 63 second final lap to win his second title of the evening. His time of 4:33.76 ranks him eighth out of all qualifiers. Monkemeyer (a three time state qualifier in the 4x800m) also ran under the qualifying standard in 4:37.80 for his first 1600m berth.

Additional state qualifiers include Halversen in the long jump who finished 2nd at the sectional with a 20′ 10.5″ school record leap. The 4x200m relay squad of Jacob Kennay (So.), co-captain Nick McMahon (Sr.), Chase Roche (Jr.) and Halversen ran a school record of 1:31.55 and posted the eighth fastest mark in the state. McMahon became a double qualifier, and the program’s first in the 200m, with his second place finish. Finally, the 4x400m unit of Kennay, Smith, Jack Smith (Sr.), and Vogel ran a blistering 3:27.91 and enter the state series ranked third. This is the first time since 2011 that RCSTF has qualified a 4x400m for the state finals.

There were many more incredible performances from Royal Lions throughout the meet. Numerous RCSTF athletes outperformed their seeds to contribute to the 101 point total. James Smith (So.) came in to the sectional unranked and tossed a personal best of 133′ 3″ to finish sixth and nab a point. His throws companion Elijah Nitz also had a personal best of 124′ 8″. Connor Roche (Jr.) also outperformed his ranking heaving a 43′ 11″ best in the shot put for the unanticipated point. Lance Hainchek (S0.) also stole an unranked point in the 400m running a personal best of 54.93. 3200m runners Jack Kurtz (Jr.) and Brent Brunner (Fr.) finished a surprising 3-5 running 10:20.00 and 10:25.60, respectively. Chris Roegner (Sr.) and Ben Peterson (Sr.) got up for third and sixth place points in the 800m. The 4x100m quartet of Kennay, McMahon, Roche, and Sam Sandwick (Jr.) ran a season best of 45.11 for fifth place. Finally, the hurdle crew continued their traditional sectional drops. Pat McMahon (Sr.) ran a career best in the 110m hurdles of 16.48 for a sixth place point. McMahon was joined by Noah Fulcomer (Sr.) in the 300m hurdle final. McMahon ran his final career best in 42.00 and Fulcomer became the second fastest freshman in program history running 42.60.

It was truly an exceptional meet of track and field for the Royal Lions. Full meet results and team scores can be found at And a list of all 1A State Qualifiers is posted on the IHSA homepage.

More meet highlights and photos from the sectional can be found on the RC You Know Facebook page and on Twitter @rcyouknow.

The Rockford Christian boys track and field team will travel to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston to compete in the 1A State Prelims on Thursday, May 26. The finals will be contested on Saturday, May 27. If you can’t make the trip to EIU, you can watch the Royal Lions compete live online on the NFHS Network.

Coach’s Personal Note: When the RCSTF program began in the spring of 2000, we scored zero points in our first meet held at Oregon High School. Winning this sectional team title sixteen years later is an achievement that we have long dreamed of and prepared for. It helps to validate our program as one of the elite track and field teams in Illinois. And it does feel great! However, we still strive to adhere to the same philosophy and values that first established this team. The “what” of achievement is irrelevant compared to the “how” and “why” we compete. Trophies, medals, and records – although nice – are transitory and ultimately meaningless. We believe that the true value of running, jumping, and throwing comes from when we honor our lord and savior Jesus Christ no matter what the times, heights, or distances end up. That’s what “RC You Know” means both then and now. And we’ll be screaming it together at this state meet and for every meet to come. A friend for life… –Coach Moore


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